Tips on writing sad scenes/character grief

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Tips on writing sad scenes/character grief

Postby MonocledGentlewoman » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:33 pm

cross-posted from lemma to get a wider audience.

I'm currently working on my first visual novel, "The Snow Child" (or as my friend has dubbed it Suffering: The Visual Novel) and there is a lot of focus on grief and sadness, especially that of the main character who is still in the process of grieving for his wife and daughter, both of whom were pretty much the light of his fucking life.

It's the first time I've written something so entirely focused on sadness and grief and such and I want to make sure that I don't overdo it. I want the player to be able to experience the main character's sadness alongside him rather than being put off by overt amounts of angst. There are also quite a few tear-jerkery scenes that I want to get just right.

Do you have any tips for writing the above? I really want to get this right. Thanks!
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Re: Tips on writing sad scenes/character grief

Postby fleet » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:31 am

Minimize the writing about it (i.e. he felt said or he cried). Let the graphics show the grief.
Why? I like big ones, that's why.
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